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Reviews Hotel Transylvania 2

There is a point early on in most family features where you know exactly who the film was made for, be it just for the kids or for everyone in the audience. Hotel Transylvania 2, director Genndy Tartakovsky’s sequel to 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, really doesn’t know…

Film Festival onefloorbelow_1-1

Muntean’s One Floor Below is advertised as a thriller; however, it is much more of a slow burn suspense film. When Sandu Patrascu (Teodor Corban) witnesses a feud in a neighbours home, he keeps it to himself, even when said feud results in homicide. The film then details his everyday life, as the event wears on his both his conscience and temperament. When…

Film Festival 45years_1-1

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years is a taut, emotionally charged duel character study examining a husband and wife during the week leading to their 45th wedding anniversary. Bolstered by strong performances by Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, the film elicits genuine feelings of a long life together; moments of grief, regret, and resentment are presented alongside…

Fantastic Fest February (dir. Oz Perkins, 2015)

This is a difficult film to get into. The cast is quite the hook: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lauren Holly and James Remar. The film is shrouded in mystery, told as a montage of images that don’t always make sense. It’s completely fine to tell a story out of sequence, even keep your audience in the dark but this film is obnoxious in its structure…

Film Festival Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 11.19.15 AM

With this inaugural post, I begin coverage of the 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). And what better way to do this then with an exclusive full length review of John Crowley’s Brooklyn (2015), VIFF’s opening night gala film, which I was fortunate to attend courtesy of Lauren Stasila …

NP Approved Listen to Me Marlon

It would be incredibly easy to construct a documentary about Marlon Brando that highlights his infamous hard-headedness on set, his insatiable appetite and the invaluable contribution he made to modern acting. Stevan Ridley includes these and other things in…

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 9.24.59 AM

Making the jump – a canyon-sized leap for some – from the arthouse to the multiplex, from self-consciously art cinema to commercial, mainstream entertainment, doesn’t happen often, but when it does, the trajectory resembles Denis Villeneuve’s career. The French-Canadian director spent most of the last …

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 7.55.22 PM

Gruesome. Inspired. Hilarious. These are words that could be used to describe the poster for The Editor, which brilliantly recalls the old Italian horror movie one-sheets; the nude corpse of woman draped lifelessly over a Steenbeck film editing station. Sadly, none of those words can be applied to the film itself …

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